USPS Going Green

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

A local company is helping the U.S. Postal Service develop a more Eco-friendly way to send your mail.

As you walk into the post office you notice stacks of paper envelopes and cardboard boxes all necessary to send mail from here to there... but how can we make this more environmentally friendly. Mcdonough Braungart Design Chemistry LLC or MBDC has teamed up with the U.S. Postal Service to develop a solution.

Charlottesville Postmaster Halbert Clark says, "The going green program is about helping the environment by having recyclable products we are now one hundred percent for our express mail and priority mail packages." The Postal Service recently earned the cradle to cradle certification which includes five specific criteria.

MBDC Vice President of Technical Operations, Jay Bolus says, "One is about material health so picking safe ingredients materials that are not only safe for humans but for the environment as well." The second set deals with the recyclability of the product and these packages are one hundred percent recyclable. "The third set criteria deal with energy use in the manufacturing of the product and what we have been doing is encouraging the use of renewable energy in the manufacturing of those products." The final sets deal with water usage and the social aspects of the manufacturer.

The large environmental impacts have already been seen as a result of these packages. "There are now 15000 metric tons of carbon emissions that have been offset through the use of the recyclable materials that are in these packages"

These new packaging materials will be in the Post Offices soon, just look for a special C-C logo.


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